Anthony (Tony) Liberti has been a resident of the tri-hamlet area for more than 60 years. He has been actively engaged in business, civic, school, and charitable organizations since he graduated from William Floyd High School in 1962. Since his early 20s, he has been self-employed. He values the freedom he has in controlling how he wants to run a business, and the opportunity to make unlimited income. His work ethic is best described in a famous quote from Steve Jobs: “I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” Tony has also persevered in his commitment to give back to his community with pride and love.
He began working at the Riverhead Hills Supermarket in the early 1960s in their deli department, and within one year was promoted to manager of the department. He enjoyed the challenge and creativity in improving and increasing the profits of the deli department. This valuable work experience gave him the desire to operate his own business. In 1965, he became a partner with his father and brother when they bought a grocery store called The Grocery Mart on Montauk Highway in Shirley. During this time, he and his brother also ran a trucking business called T & J Foods Inc. They delivered food products throughout Suffolk County. The Grocery Mart business was doing well and within five years they expanded, and it became Firestone Deli & Caterers. In 1980, Tony became the sole proprietor of Firestone Deli & Caterers. He led a team of 22 employees in one of the most successful operations in Shirley.
While working at the deli, Tony became acquainted with customers who were real estate agents. Tony started to invest in buying and selling land as a side business. He enjoyed the whole process and challenges of this new side business, which led to his becoming a licensed real estate salesperson. At this point, Tony came to a crossroad in his life. He had a successful and thriving deli and catering business, and wondered if he could also be successful in the real estate profession. He thought about selling the deli business, but had to weigh the risks and benefits of starting over in a new venture. This was an immense and challenging task for him. Tony made a decision, and in 1989 he sold his business, changed careers, and became an associate broker at Cor-Ace Realty. In 1994, he became vice president/broker/co-owner of Cor-Ace Realty/Better Homes & Gardens, which became Cor-Ace Realty/GMAC Real Estate. He is presently the broker/co-owner of Century 21 Cor-Ace Realty with his partners, Anthony Coraci and Anthony Alfano. He’s also involved in two other businesses – he is the president of Liberti and Sons Realty Ltd., and president of South Shore Development Corporation. These companies are involved with commercial and residential real estate.
In 1967, Tony Liberti became a member of the Chamber of Commerce of the Mastics & Shirley. He served as a member of its Board of Directors from 1987 to 2012 with the exception of 1989-1990 when he served as president. On October 5, 1992, Governor Mario Cuomo presented him with a “Certificate of Merit” for dedicated service in the Chamber to the Smith Point Summer Youth Project. In 2002, Tony received the prestigious Brookhaven Coalition of Chambers of Commerce “Man of the Year Award” for his dedication and commitment since 1967 to the business community and the Mastics and Shirley Chamber of Commerce. From 2013 to the present, Tony has been the vice president of the Chamber. He has recruited many local businesses to join, and has organized numerous fundraisers to promote business within the community. He has served as a committee member for the Annual Christmas Parade since the 1980s. This parade has delighted thousands each year, and instills pride among the residents of our community. For his dedicated service to the community throughout the years, the Chamber of Commerce selected Tony to be Grand Marshall of the Mastics and Shirley Parade in 2009.
Tony also has also served as a member on the following boards: YMCA Brookhaven East, Colonial Youth and Family Services, and the Tri-Hamlet Renaissance Project. From 1996-2005 he served as a trustee on the William Floyd School Board. While serving on the board, he worked with his fellow trustees to successfully complete a school district renovation project that is an asset to our community, students, faculty and administrators.
From 1996 to the present time, Tony Liberti’s greatest achievement of giving back to his community has been the implementation of the annual William Floyd Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament. He and his two partners, Anthony Coraci and Anthony Alfano, have raised funds for scholarships for students going on to college. Each recipient receives a $1,000 scholarship toward their future education. In 2016, a total of 25 senior high school students received scholarships. As of 2017, they have raised more than $478,000 in scholarships for deserving students. Tony believes that with education, perseverance, determination, setting goals, and being willing to take risks, the seniors who have benefited from these scholarships will be successful in any path they choose.
Tony resides in Moriches with his wife, Barbara. She and his two daughters, son in-laws, and five grandchildren, are proud of his accomplishments and congratulate him for being recognized in 2017 as one of the William Floyd Distinguished Alumni honorees.